MORE ON THAT Congressional Per-Diem Scandal. “No wonder Arlen Specter griped about not getting a bonus for meeting with his constituents. He could have been jet-setting to the Caymans on a fact-finding mission on financial markets, while generating a good chunk of per diem cash to stuff into a bank there. Instead, he had to fly first class back to Pennsylvania to have his constituents yell at him while not getting a couple of thou in cash.”